Some highly effective riders—Roberts himself, Eddie Lawson, Mat Mladin and Mick Doohan—have been criticized as "robots." Could it be that the qualities required to win championships are not, in fact, admired by the public? The great champion of our era, Valentino Rossi, has worked hard to avoid this, presenting to his public a great deal more than his durable ability to win races. Who can forget the blow-up dolls, crazy post-race stunts and quotable quotes from his off-track activity? And today, Jorge Lorenzo, a prince aspiring to Valentino's throne, finds it necessary to plan similar kinds of stunts, such as jumping in a lake (and needing to be rescued) after his recent win at Jerez, Spain.